Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Winter Weather Advisory For Central & Southwest Alabama

        This is not a Tennessee Valley event. But if you have travel plans to the south, pay attention! Here is a look at the advisory from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:   …ACCUMULATING LIGHT SNOWFALL EXPECTED BEGINNING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING… .Cold air moving in from the northwest will result in rain mixing with and changing to snow beginning late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain just above freezing while the snow falls, […]

  • Student Nomination Wins $319 for Johnson’s Sherry Caudill

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – 8-Year Micah Reyer nominated Sherry Caudill for our Tools For Teachers Award. She teaches 3rd grade at Johnson Elementary in Limestone County. Mrs. Caudill says it’s the faculty, staff, and the students that keep her coming to school every day. “I love my job here. We have an amazing school in Limestone County. I am truly blessed. Lot of support and everything. The students are wonderful they are my reason for being here everyday.” said Caudill. […]

  • Strong Santa Ana Winds Fuel California Wildfires

    Strong winds continue to cause problems in southern California. Here is a bulletin from the National Weather Service in San Diego:   …Periods of strong Santa Ana winds through Friday with isolated wind damage possible… .High pressure over the Great Basin will bring periods of strong Santa Ana winds through Friday. While the winds will not be quite as strong today, winds will become very strong late tonight through Thursday, with the potential for wind damage. Strong winds will continue […]

  • Muscle Shoals Band Director David Waters Wins $319

    Colbert County, Ala. – David Waters pulls double duty as the band director at both Muscle Shoals Middle and High Schools. High School Principal Chad Holden couldn’t help but brag on his beloved musical educator. “Our band has a tradition of excellence, and under his leadership, they continue to make their mark as one of the best programs in the state,” said Holden. Finding Mr. Water proved to be an easy assignment. All we had to do was follow the […]

  • Sharon Lakin’s efforts are felt in and out of the classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Meet Sharon Lakin. She teaches Kindergarten at Hampton Cove Elementary in Madison County. Principal Autumn Bray says Mrs. Lakin’s efforts are well-known inside and outside the classroom. “I think one of her greatest strengths is that she is a relationship builder not only with the kids but also with the parents. She is a very effective communicator always informing them of things that are going on in the classroom ways that they can become involved and also […]

  • Lots of love & compassion in Mrs. Johnson’s class

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – In Sarah Johnson’s class, it’s all about the alphabet. She teaches kindergarten at Arab Primary  School in Marshall County. Assistant Principal Scott Sutton describes Mrs. Johnson’s classroom as being full of love and compassion. “She is very passionate about her job and very interactive with the kids. You can tell the relationship she has with her students. It’s a very nurturing and caring environment.” said Sutton. She was ecstatic about winning $319!  “Oh my goodness! We […]

  • Priceville’s Beth Walldorf: “The best teacher I have ever had in any subject”

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Let us paint a picture for you. Beth Walldorf teaches art at Priceville High School in Morgan County. Principal Mark Mason says students asked for more art classes and they got it. “Kids were just hungry for art so we went from Art 1 that first year to adding Art 2 and adding art 3.” said Mason. “And it’s not a regular classroom, it’s a team effort and unique to each individual.” Mrs. Walldorf couldn’t believe […]

  • Susan Holt has a true impact at Phil Campbell High School

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. — Susan Holt teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Phil Campbell High School in Franklin County. Principal Gary Odom said her classroom is an exciting place to learn. “She keeps the classroom lively I guess you know instead of being dull,” Odom said. For Mrs. Holt, the fact one of her students nominated her for Tools For Teachers makes the honor extra special. “I feel very honored by that apparently I impacted that person’s life in […]

  • Kelley Rigsby Sets A High Standard At Brookhill Elementary

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Some teachers just have it.  That includes Kelley Rigsby of Brookhill Elementary in Athens. “She is part of our instructional leadership team.  She stars in a lot of leadership roles in our school. She is a very extremely dedicated teacher that puts all of her kids including her two boys and all of her students at Brookhill not just her in her class but all 325 of our students first.” said Principal Jeff Mathheus. He says that […]

  • Some Reports Of Wind Damage Overnight And Early Monday Morning

    Morgan County, Ala. – Heavy rain and strong winds moved through the Tennessee Valley late Sunday night into Monday morning. Some reports of minor structural damage and trees down from Trinity to south Huntsville. We received this facebook message from Jean Merchant Cross in Trinity: Trees are down, some twisted.  Some structural damage to houses.  South Seneca Drive, Mason Drive and South Mountain Drive.  All I have seen is my son’s yard.  Huge tree down in backyard that hit their […]

  • Farley’s Beth Melton Is Everything You Could Ask For

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  Say hello to Beth Melton. Principal Towana Smith says Mrs. Melton is everything you could ask for in a teacher. “When you talk about Beth Melton you are talking about a phenomenal teacher. She is very flexible, she is a team player, she goes over and beyond the call of duty.” said Smith. “She makes sure her instruction is personalized and that`s exactly what the students need.” So, what should we expect when this tools for teachers winner […]

  • Emily Smith has her students’ attention at Pisgah High School

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala – It’s time to get a little froggy! Emily Smith teaches Science at Pisgah High School in Jackson County. Assistant Principal Whitney Smith says this educator wears quite a few hats. “She is a wonderful educator. She teaches our anatomy class, she teaches our biology class, she is in charge of our robotics team.  She is also the leader of our advocacy school program.” Whitney Smith is no only the assistant principal, but she’s also a previous […]